Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Old Friendship

Kitti, Vickie, Steven: Minneapolis, 2013

Old Friendship
Beautiful and rich is an old friendship,
Grateful to the touch as ancient ivory,
Smooth as aged wine, or sheen of tapestry
Where light has lingered, intimate and long.
Full of tears and warm is an old friendship
That asks no longer deeds of gallantry,
Or any deed at all - save that the friend shall be
Alive and breathing somewhere, like a song.

Eunice Tietjens, July 29, 1884 - September 6, 1944
American poet, novelist, journalist, children's author, lecturer, and editor
from the book of poems, Leaves in Windy Weather

Songs shared by

Bruce Carriker: "Old Friends" ~ Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Ray Price

Old friends, pitching pennies in the park
Playing croquet till it's dark, old friends
Old friends, swapping lies of lives and loves
Pitching popcorn to the doves, old friends

Old friends, looking up to watch a bird
Holding arms to climb a curb, old friends, old friends
Old friends, Lord when all my work is done
Bless my life and grant me one, old friend
At least one, old friend


Bonnie Gushard: "Old Friends" ~ Simon and Garfunkel

Old friends, old friends sat on their park bench like bookends
A newspaper blowin´ through the grass
Falls on the round toes of the high shoes of the old friends

Old friends, winter companions, the old men
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun
The sounds of the city sifting through trees
Settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends

Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a parkbench quietly
How terribly strange to be seventy

Old friends, memory brushes the same years, silently sharing the same fears

Steven, Kitti, Vickie: Chicago, 2014

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